Although VE day was on the 8th of May 1945 and the German troops had surrendered, Admiral Doenitz was still the President of the German Reich or at least what was left of it.
The government was known as the Flensburg Government sometimes also referred to as the Cabinet of Schwerin von Krosigk after Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk who had been appointed Prime Minister by Doenitz.
The administration was referred to as the “Flensburg Government” because Dönitz’s headquarters had been relocated in the port of Flensburg in northern Germany on 3 May 1945.
Due to the rapid Allied advance, its nominal jurisdiction at the outset was limited to a narrow wedge of territory running from the Austrian border through Berlin to the Danish border; which, since 25 April 1945, had been cut in two by the American advance to join with Soviet forces at Torgau on the Elbe. Following the capitulation of…
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